Maintaining your focus and concentration can be difficult for a range of reasons – it may be part and parcel of your diagnosis, or it might change as things in your life affect you more or less, but there are several things you can try. We can’t guarantee that all of these suggestions will work for everybody and for all types of focussing issues, but we hope you find them helpful.
Fidget toys are designed to keep your hands and mind busy when they’re hard to settle. For some people, playing with these gadgets can help them to focus in situations where listening to another person is important.
It can take some time, but for some people, concentration and focus are skills that get easier to control with practice. Guided meditation is a great way to practice keeping your mind on one thing for a few minutes, as they feature soothing voices to talk you through the process and remind you to bring your attention back to the task.
If you are able, doing some basic exercises while focusing on a task can improve concentration. Things, like flexing and tightening your leg muscles, or making a tight fist then loosening your fingers, can be enough to stop distractions from taking hold.
If you know that you struggle to focus for long periods of time, try to avoid forcing yourself into a situation that will cause you stress and make concentrating feel even more difficult. Make sure you have space and time to let your mind be free. You may need to talk to those around you, such as teachers and tutors to make sure this is possible.
We all work best when we feel our best, so make sure you’re well-rested, eating the right things and have access to drinks and snacks when you need them.